Remember the end of the world on 12-21-12? That was the day the Mayan calendar came to an
end, which made the whole world go insane. There was even made a (bad) movie about that fateful day.
Well there is no movie for what is to come tomorrow but April 4th 2014 is the next big mystery day. The WHOLE world, (or at least the WHOLE city of Philadelphia), is waiting for what’s to come on 4-4-14.
The original conspiracy theory was due to a stone calendar made thousands of years ago. In this situation the stone calendar is, the always reliable, Twitter.
On March 9th Nerlens Noel’s Twitter account ( @NerlensNoel3 ) tweeted out “4-4-14”.
(Here’s the Tweet: https://twitter.com/NerlensNoel3/status/442737978713317377 )
There after is where Philly’s finest conspiracy theorist came out. Presuming that 4-4-14 is a date on the calendar, and not just some numbers with hyphens that make it appear as a date, Philly’s finest are predicting that this is the day the 6’11’’ center will make his NBA debut.
For all we know April 4th could be a doctor’s appointment for Nerlens and he just has trouble remembering dates so he tweets them out for his own reference.
Let’s take the even more drastic route. That could be the day Noel is set to retire. Maybe, it’s possible. The point these situations seem just as likely as Nerlens Noel actually making his debut.
Back in October 2013 the Sixers reported that Noel will be out for the season. But it has also been documented that the Sixers original plan was to eventually play Noel at some point in the 2013-14 season. His original injury timetable was 6-8 months, after tearing his ACL in his freshman year at Kentucky University.
Philly fans would love to see the high-top fade on the Wells Fargo Center court especially after trading away their biggest contributor in Jrue Holiday. But must realize that this 19 year old has a lot of time to heal and even grow when he finally does make his way onto the court.
Noel was cleared for “basketball activities” in January. This essentially is clearing for practice rather than games. But by all means let him play if HE feels ready but the 76ers must be cautious of his health for their (possible) future superstar.
Other than the fact that the Sixers will be playing Boston at TD Garden, no one knows what is really going to happen on 4-4-14. Sadly, I bet it’s nothing.
Ryan C. Armstrong
( @RyanCArmstrong )
The 76ers finally snapped a historic losing streak and transferred shame from Philly to Detroit, at least for a day or two.
Detroit could care less about winning (sound familiar?), so there is no real shame in The Palace at Auburn Hills. Reason being that the Pistons owe a draft pick from a no-so-great Ben Gordon trade in 2012. Lottery protected for last season, and top-8 protected for this season, the Pistons are and will be looking to lose, for the remainder of this season, so they don’t accidentally move into the 8th seed.
But Philly is just grateful to not single-handedly hold the record of “most consecutive losses” in sports. Not just one of the least prestigious records in the NBA but in all major sports!
After snapping the 26-game losing streak, the 2013-14 Sixers now hold the same record along with the 2010-’11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
Reality Sets In
The Sixers are back to the popular opinion of unwatchable basketball after Saturday night’s victory. The sad truth is that lots fans and average-basketball watchers were rooting for the squad to lose. They wanted historic embarrassment instead for just minimal embarrassment.
But here is advice for those word-of-mouth “fans” that are panicking that the Sixers actually won. Don’t be alarmed! Tankadelphia will be back in place, start Monday, when they travel down to Atlanta.
And this win was just one loss away from being a best case scenario. It would have been best to grab a win at the 25 losing streak mark so Philly didn’t have to associate this season with such an embarrassing achievement. And yes the Sixers are going to keep losing, which is a good thing and now by snapping the streak the 76ers stopped themselves from being the talking point for whenever historically embarrassing streak conversations come up.
And it is not as terrible now because they share the laughs with the Cavs. At least until the next time a deep draft comes around and historic tanking occurs again. (Let’s just hope it’s another city.)
What is Next?
The 76ers stand in at 16 wins and 57 losses with nine games remaining. They still are looking forward to the draft and receiving a top pick and that starts with getting the lottery balls to fall in their favor. Which the odds show will happen if they end up the NBA’s worst record.
You’d think they Sixers would have that spot wrapped up by now, after this historic losing streak. Sadly that is not the case. Philadelphia still has two more wins than the, under the radar, Milwaukee Bucks.
Even if the Sixers do not end up with the worst record it is still possible for them to receive the #1 overall pick (just like they technically can still end up with something as bad as the #10 overall pick. But I like to think “glass half full”).
But here are the next few dates to look forward to…
April 16th – Sixers vs. Heat
Not because its Miami, but rather it is the final game of this tough season. And well I guess it would be really nice to
start and possibly end the season with a win against the defending champs.
May 20th – NBA Draft Lottery Night
This is the night that sets up one of the most anticipated night for Sixers fans. After May 20th Philly will either be planning their draft parties or crying and weeping. This will make or break the team.
June 26th – NBA Draft
Who is throwing a Draft Night 2014 banger? I know that I am!
Ryan C. Armstrong
The first time Henry Sims recorded a double-double, it was cute. The Sixers were in the midst of their horrid, yet fashionable losing streak and it was just something to be happy about. It was March 12, against Sacramento, where he scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds (going 10-11 from the foul line). Since then, the only time he recorded double digits in anything was March 17, against the Indiana Pacers, where he grabbed 11 rebounds, until last night.
Something is to be said about the last two games. Coach Brett Brown even hinted that he wanted to see Sims get the ball more in a halftime interview with Comcast Sports Net against the Knicks on Friday, March 21. Well, that day was the first of a back-to-back in more ways than one. The Sixers played a game in back-to-back nights, against the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls respectfully, and it was also consecutive double-doubles recorded by Henry Sims, who happens to look a lot like the bass vocalist from The Temptations.
In the last two games, Sims has recorded 34 points (14-25 FG, 6-6 FT), 28 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and only two turnovers. It seems as if he has that feel for the center position that’s hard to come by. He has a solid mid-range touch, as well as a decent low-post game. The 6’10” and 248-lb. center from Georgetown may have a future with the Sixers and it’s yet to be seen how he’d mesh with Noel (who’d most likely play power forward when they’re on the floor at the same time).
At first, the Spencer Hawes trade seemed like an obvious attempt to just grab two second rounders and run, but Sam Hinkie may have pulled something off here. Earl Clark was almost immediately dropped after the trade, but King Henry stayed and the second-year player is really finding his own here in Philly.